Friends Of Love

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you." (1)

Love's Friendship

Love's friend takes her into his home;
His heart becomes her dwelling place:
What was restless, longing to roam,
Now rests with her in peace and grace.

Love's friend rejoices in her midst;
He cherishes her company:
What was doubtful and couldn't commit;
Is now solid in faith and free.

Love's friend looks with her to heaven;
They share one hope and live their dream:
This shared vision is the leaven --
They rise together as a team.

Love's friend explores her mystery;
He draws her deep into his soul:
They become one so completely,
The two dissolve into one whole.

Love is the heart of the Divine:
She yearns for friends to take her in;
To join their souls to hers -- the Vine;
To live new life set free from sin.

Love is your friend; she's at the door:
Open your hear; she asks no more!

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. John 15:9-15